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The Light of Western Stars(1940)

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Boston socialite Majesty Madeline Hammond ventures to a small frontier town along the Mexican border to keep her brother Alfred from squandering his life on Flo Kingsley. While waiting at the train station, Majesty meets Gene Stewart, a hard-drinking, reckless ranch foreman, who railroads her into a wedding ceremony in order to win a bet he made with Sheriff Tom Hawes that he could marry the first woman who came to town. The ceremony is interrupted by Bonita, who is trying to protect her lover Danny from the jealous sheriff, and in the commotion, Majesty faints and Gene takes her to Flo's house. The next morning, Majesty learns that Flo has nursed the sickly Al back to health and her resentment turns to gratitude. After paying Majesty a visit, Gene learns that the sheriff, who is in league with gun runner Nat Hayworth, has made slurs about her and, after tackling Hawes in a saloon brawl, flees to join the rebels in Mexico. Meanwhile, Majesty buys the Stillwell ranch, but after Al is shot while riding the range, she decides to return to Boston when Gene's friend Poco appears and tells her that Gene is in Mexico, sick in heart and mind, and begs her to save him. After bringing Gene home from Mexico, Majesty encourages him to stop drinking and things proceed peacefully at the ranch until Gene learns that the sheriff and Hayworth have hidden an illegal store of arms in the hills and they intend to sell them in Mexico. Gene goes to stop them, and Majesty, concerned for his safety, rides toward the hideout. Gene saves her just as Hayworth blows up the cache. As Hayworth rides off, the sheriff shoots him and then proceeds to the ranch to arrest Gene for his murder. To protect his friend, Poco provokes a shootout and, after killing Hawes, dies in Gene's arms. Knowing that he must face justice for his activities with the rebels, Gene leaves Majesty, promising to return when he has paid his debt to society.